Luke Cothron No Longer Committed to NC State

March 18, 2010

So one player that everyone thought had made his college choice has changed his mind. Luke Cothron (PF, 6’8″, 2010) a post player who can shoot from outside, had committed to NC State back in October of 2009. But now he says he’s no longer committed to the Wolfpack, in a move that took everyone, even his high school coach, by surprise.

It’s unclear why Colthon decided to re-open his recruitment or which teams he might now be considering. NC State seemed like a good fit for Colthon, but with such a big decision, it’s understandable if players sometimes rethink their plans.

Colthon is a post player but will need to add interior scoring and work on his paint game in order to be effective for the Pack, but his size and shooting ability are certainly attractive.

Here’s some video of Luke Cothron from the Boo Williams:


Notes From The ACC Tournament

March 13, 2010

The ACC Tournament, along with the Big East Tournament, are the two most publicized and popular college basketball tournaments played after the season is over. Almost all college basketball tournaments have lost a bit of luster since the NCAA tournament has expanded, and it’s no longer a requirement to win your conference tournament in order to get a bid to the Big Dance. The result has been lower fan interest and lower ticket sales to a tournament that used to sell out right away.

Now, the larger, um…’BCS’ conference tournaments are important for teams who want to prove their seeding, or get off the bubble. Sometimes a ‘bubble’ team can blow their NCAA bid with a bad tournament showing. This year, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech went into the ACC Tournament hoping to get off of the bubble.

Watching Georgia Tech play live shows two things: one, Georgia Tech has some very talented players and a lot of size. Two, Georgia Tech is not using that talent nearly as much as they should. However, after scraping by UNC in the first round, Georgia Tech played better to beat Maryland (after blowing a 19 point lead) and advance to play NC State today in the semis.

However, NC State has come alive. As I sat and watched them outplay Clemson on day one, they had a large showing of fans rooting them against Clemson’s full court press. NC State suddenly looks like a team that understands their roles and understands Sidney Lowe’s offense. Not sure what has caused the sudden improvement, but the players are cutting well, moving the ball and passing the ball in the post at the right times. Horner is very active, moving in the paint to the perimeter, and really altering the defense. If any team has managed to show it really cares about winning the tournament, it’s NC State.

Duke played consistently and wasn’t challenged by Virginia, but even though I think Duke is the best in the ACC this season and I think they’ve already locked up a number one NCAA seed, I just don’t see them beating the top teams from the Big East. It’s unfortunate, but I just don’t think the ACC has the talent this year to match up. Maybe next year with Duke getting Irving and UNC getting Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall, but this year it remains to be seen. However, in the ACC, I expect Duke to win the tourney unless Georgia Tech suddenly figures out they have four or five NBA players on their roster (Sorry, Tech. But you know it’s true).

Finally, there’s Wake Forest. Wake probably blew their NCAA bid with their late season collapse and loss in the ACC tournament. It’s not official, but Wake just seemed to run out of steam down the stretch of the season.

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ACC Basketball Recruiting Rundown, Dec 14

December 14, 2008

I’ve got a ton of information for you to wade through today, so let’s just get into it:

First, even though Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’5″, 2009) eliminated all the ACC schools from his list some time ago, he’s committed to Villanova…it would have been nice to see such a deep sharpshooter in the ACC.

Doron Lamb (SG, 6’4″, 2010) scored 27 points in a victory over Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Young’s leading scorer was Ahmad Starks (PG, 5’8″, 2010), who has already given a verbal to Oregon State. Lamont Jones (PG/SG, 6’0″, 2009) was the leading scorer for Oak Hill with 28 points and already has committed to Virginia Tech.

Justin Young has some notes on NC State commit Lorenzo Brown (SG, 6’4″, 2009):

…what a great player Lorenzo Brown is. The question mark surrounding the future N.C. State has always been his ability to take over in the home stretch.

TBO Sports has a write up on John Henson (SF, 6’10” , 2009), the UNC commit who will be an impact player for the Heels:

John Henson was just a regular high school student once. He was an above-average small forward entering high school, but between his sophomore and junior years at Round Rock High in Texas, Henson grew 6 inches.

Henson is also mentioned in this article, which talks about how when college coaches and scouts start watching a player, so do the NCAA investigators:

With stakes that high, the NCAA, which governs college sports, is increasingly wary of what colleges sometimes do to get those difference-making athletes. Getting the star might mean first taking care of his friend, family members, or those in the inner circle who simply have their hands out.

I run into these ‘handlers’ all the time when I scout teams. Sometimes they’re just guys who are really trying to help players, but often they are looking for a payout.

In the same article, we see whatever-happened-to Gus Gilchrist, who Maryland fans thought would be helping out in the paint at Maryland. Maybe Maryland wasn’t interested in ‘creating jobs’ for pals?

Today, for instance, 6-foot-10 center Gus Gilchrist will make his debut for the University of South Florida. He is a potential franchise player for the Bulls, who have mostly been overmatched in basketball since joining the Big East Conference. Shortly after Gilchrist entered USF’s program last summer, the Bulls created a job as a video and conditioning assistant for one of his closest friends.

This is, of course, why the number on point guard in the 2009 class, John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009) is already being watched, and why rumors abound.


Boo Williams’ McAdoo Swings Through the ACC

September 23, 2008

James McAdoo (PF, 6’8″, 2011) is big time, already on the big schools’ radar as a sophomore. UCLA and Florida have made no secret that they want the prolific big man, already extending offers according to Scout.

However, this weekend, McAdoo visited the campuses of UNC and Duke (not a bad idea OR difficult given the mere eight mile distance between the two) and will swing through Wake Forest this weekend. Business as usual for Wake, who by some reports was planning to host Noel Johnson (SF, 6’7″, 2009) and got a commitment from Ari Stewart last weekend. Johnson committed to USC, which had seemed to be where he was leaning. I would speculate that Johnson felt getting playing time at Wake might have been difficult with Al Farouq-Aminu and Ari Stewart, if Farouq-Aminu stays for more than one year. He also considered Georgia Tech, but recent moves led him to conclude that USC was the best fit for him.

At any rate, McAdoo, a player from Norfolk, Virginia, seems to really like Duke and UNC, although he does not have offers from them yet. He was on the Chapel Hill campus as was 2010 UNC commit Kendall Marshall.

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John Wall improves his game

September 17, 2008

John Wall fits the profile of a player who could easily develop an attitude problem. As a basketball point guard, he went from being a local high school star to a national high school star very quickly last summer, and went from being a ‘highly rated’ college prospect to possibly – ahem – possibly being a number one NBA pick in the 2010 draft.

Hype is a silly thing, and it would be normal for a teenager, which is exactly what Wall is, by the way, to develop a serious me-first attitude when being showered with attention and praise by national press. To be sure, John Wall isn’t exactly a household name like Lebron James or Kobe Bryant. He’s only famous to those fans who follow high school basketball recruiting and scouts. But it’s enough.

Wall developed a reputation for taking plays off and tirades. Message boards teemed with stories of prominent college coaches leaving games in disgust and there still continue to be tales of back-door dealings in Wall’s recruitment. But these stories have settled a bit, and for now another player, Lance Stephenson, is considered to be the ‘head case’ of the class.

Dave Telep has penned an article about John Wall’s attitude, how it’s improved, what initiated the change and where he thinks he needs to go from here:

“Then coach (Levi) Beckwith helped me out a lot. Attitude-wise, I had a bad one when I got (to Word of God). He changed all that around and didn’t let me play with that. (They) set me down and made me realize I had to trust my players and have a better attitude.”

These days, Wall’s attitude is in check. He’s grown up, learned some tough lessons and continues to check himself. “I got frustrated last year when I made passes and they were dropped,” he explains. “Now, I just pat (those guys) on the back and tell them to get it next time, so it doesn’t stop me from playing.”

Wall also talks about what he’s been told, by everyone, what he needs to work on in his game. He needs to develop an outside shot. He needs to play defense more consistently. These are the types of things that will make or break Wall during his likely one-year tour in the NCAA. It’s unclear if Wall will end up as the #1 pick in 2010. Ricky Rubio is no slouch as a point guard either, and he’s already playing pro ball against pro players. But Wall has the quickness and athleticism to be great.

Dominic Cheek eliminates Indiana?

A few days after saying he would visit Indiana, Dominic Cheek(SG, 6’5″, 2009) is no longer considering going to make an official visit to the Hoosiers. He will, however, have an in home visit with Tom Crean.